Showing posts from April, 2010

"I'll Sleep On It" ............Not

Recently a friend let us borrow one of their books on "green"living. I was always partial to green but at first my favorite color was blue. Anyway, this bit of info might just be of interest to someone. Or I wouldn't be putting it on the blog. It was just a little fyi on bed sheets. Permanent-press, wrinkle free, or easy care cotton or cotton blend sheets have been treated with resins that contain formaldehyde. Maybe that's why you feel as old as a mummy when you get up in the morning. Until these sheets have been washed enough times that they are capable of wrinkling, they can emit these fumes. And you thought it was what your spouse had for dinner. No, actually you won't smell the formaldehyde.I think. With this info in tow, it makes older sheets (pre-treatment age) preferable to the vast majority of new sheets. Now, you can go with "natural" cotton sheets but they can be expensive. Enter the inexpensive exceptions. I love this part. You can u

Better than Paper Towels- Coffee Filters

Okay, we need a break. The world is falling apart and all the news seems bad and we still have to live life so here are some creative things you can do with a coffee filter. Better than paper towels, and cheaper! Coffee filters... . Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing, even the large ones. 1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers. 2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome. Coffee filters are lint-free, so they'll leave windows sparkling. 3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish. 4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter. 5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust. 6. Apply shoe polish (what's that?) Ball up a lint-free coffee filter. 7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain o